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North Cowichan residents have access to multiple branch libraries including an online eLibrary administered by Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL).

Chemainus Library

Waterwheel Park, 2592 Legion Street, Chemainus

The Chemainus Library is in the heart of downtown Chemainus. The library collection is made up of approximately 10,000 items including books, music, and movies. The branch offers two public computers, a children’s area, a reading space with newspapers and magazines and occasional seasonal programs for adults and children.


  • Two public access computers with internet access, word processing and printing
  • Free wireless internet
  • Research help

Cowichan Library

Island Savings Centre, 2687 James Street, Duncan

The Cowichan Library in Duncan, one of VIRL's busiest branches, offers a range of convenient services for all ages. In addition to 65,000 items, there are public access computers, a meeting room for events and programming, loads of natural light and a choice of seating areas and workspaces to meet your needs.


  • 16 public access computers - internet, word processing, printing
  • Free WiFi
  • Photocopier
  • Accessible floor plan
  • Free programs for children and adults
  • Research help
  • Daily newspapers and online access to so much more
  • World Languages collection – Cantonese, German, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • On BC Transit bus route
  • Free parking
  • Simon Charlie totem pole

VIRL eLibrary

VIRL's eLibrary is open 24/7! Find ebooks, e-audiobooks, streaming video, music, online learning and more.